Cincinnati, Ohio – March 21, 2010 - The Heidelberg University men’s and women’s track and field teams, under the guidance of second-year head coach Keith Roberts Jr., opened their 2010 outdoor season at the Early Bird Relays yesterday, hosted by the University of Cincinnati.
Both teams combined to have 12 top-10 finishes. The competition level was high with competing against Division I schools including University of Cincinnati, Wright State University, University of Dayton, Robert Morris University, and Xavier University. Placing in top-10 speaks volumes of the Berg. “Placing in the top-10 is a big accomplishment,” said Roberts. “This shows we can compete against Division I athletes when we work hard and prepare well.”
Also representing the Ohio Athletic Conference was Capital University and Ohio Northern University.
For the women, Jamie Depinet (New Riegel, Ohio / New Riegel)finished 10th in the 200 meter relay dash in the time of 26.52, while also spotting a fifth place finish in the 400 meter relay with crossing the finish line in 59.19.
Marian Bevington (Celina, Ohio / Parkway)placed eighth in the 100 meter hurdles at 15.58, while also earning second in the women long jump (5.38m).
Rounding out the top-10 finishes for the women was the 4x400 meter relay team finishing ninth in the time of 4:22.33. The team included Depinet, Kristin Burns (Milford Center, Ohio / Fairbanks), Lilly Hansberger (Norwalk, Ohio / Western Reserve), and Lauren Bruynis (Upper Sandusky, Ohio / Upper Sandusky).
On the men’s side, Terrence Horton (Pickerington, Ohio / Pickerington) finished third in the 400 meter relay in the time of 50.31, while Lance Kitchen (Urbana, Ohio / Liberty) took eighth in the 400 meter hurdles relay with crossing the finish line at 57.90.
The 4x100 meter relay consisting of Larry Massey, Paris Hilliard (Lorain, Ohio / Admiral King), Justin Burnett (Springfield, Ohio / Northwestern), Gibril Kamara (Westerville, Ohio / Central) took sixth place, finishing in 42.96.
In high jump, Josh Lynch (Dayton, Ohio / Meadowdale) and Nate Davis (Dayton, Ohio / Stivers School for the Arts) tied for third with a jump of 1.98 meters. Lynch also finished second in the trip jump (13.45m), while Davis took 10th in the long jump (6.10m)